Utrikespolitiska förbundet Sverige (UFS), or the Swedish Association of International Affairs, is a union for the collaboration between Sweden’s societies of international affairs. UPF Lund is one of them.
Read more about the basics of UFS below; you can also visit the website ufsverige.org to find out more about current activities on the national level. UPF Lund’s representative on the national board will be glad to answer further questions – you can find contact information to the right.
Being Sweden’s foremost forum for debate in international politics, UFS is an organization without political and religious ties with the view of promoting the dissemination of knowledge and stimulate debate on foreign policy, international and global issues from a diversity of standpoints and perspectives. UFS is established on a democratic basis and in the conviction of equality of all human beings.
Presently, UFS consists of eight member associations located throughout Sweden, from Umeå in the north to Lund in the south, all represented on the union’s board and at its annual meeting. Its board gathers in the home towns of its member societies at least five times per year. As a step towards membership, newly established foreign policy societies are granted provisional membership in the union.
The primary activities of UFS are made up of the programs and projects of the member societies. Altogether, over 250 lectures in foreign policy are annually held within the union. Lecturers of different societal, political and ideological backgrounds are invited to speak and debate a broad range of topics before an interested audience. In addition, there are a great number of study circles, debate contests, trips and other events arranged. The Swedish societies for international affairs also produce a growing number of periodicals, radio- and TV-broadcasts dealing with international politics. On the union level, UFS annually arranges Utrikespolitiskt konvent, a convention for international issues, where all interested parties are welcome to attend lectures, debates and discussions, where organisations are invited to present themselves in a fair. Internally, UFS regularly organises forums, where members from all over the country share experiences and take part in workshops and information-gathering sessions.
Welcome to discover UFS!